In New Jersey, 186K people are about to find out their drinking water is coming through lead pipes

Scott Fallon, on February 18, 2022

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. — More than 180,000 residents across New Jersey will be notified by Tuesday that drinking water is coming into their homes through lead pipes, state officials said this week.

The properties with known lead service lines are scattered throughout hundreds of water systems throughout the state, but they tend to be in older communities where lead was often used before its toxic properties were fully known.

Water utility providers are required to send notification via certified mail by Feb. 22 as part of a bill package signed into law last year by Gov. Phil Murphy. The law also forces providers to replace all lead pipes that stretch from water mains into a home within the next decade.

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